In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(sharp end, tip)punta feminineto come to a point — acabar en punta
- at the point of a gun — a punta de pistola
- At the far end of these instruments is a screw or a sharp point for piercing right through the cork.
- The hooks have very sharp points which is just what one needs to make sure the hooks go in and stay in.
- Kim winced as the sharp point of the needle pierced the vein in her arm.
- Small children and sharp points don't go together.
- Needle points are specifically designed to pierce a particular fabric type.
- The blade shined as if it had never been used, and the point was as sharp as the day it was made.
- The defendant claimed his father had had a carving knife and had become aggressive and he had felt the point of the weapon in his back.
- It takes almost no force for one of these points or edges to cause a laceration.
- With the point of a sharp knife, make four or five slits in each drumstick.
- Nothing with a sharp point was allowed within a mile of the young girl as she grew up.
- Wig pins are small and usually have a sharp point at one end to help the pins penetrate the wig piece.
- The point of a sharp knife should feel little resistance when pushed into the potato.
- The needle was roughly rounded and well-pointed, and the point was still quite sharp.
- A lieutenant stood at the right of the line, the point of his sword upon the ground, his left hand resting upon his right.
- I dropped my tool on its point, which blunted it, so the left side is less worked and detailed than the right side.
- You will experience a pain similar to if you had just stepped on the point of an icepick with your heel.
- While writing, focus on the point of the pen and move your eyes with its movements.
- A shattered window contains thousands of incredibly sharp edges and dagger-like points.
- The man abruptly stopped as he felt the sharp point of an arrow in the back of his neck.
- In a blink of an eye, the point of her blade was protruding from the back of his armor.
- When elements are removed from inside a word or phrase, but nothing is taken from the end, a full point is often omitted.
- Footnote numbering in the text should be placed after the full point at the end of a sentence.
- Every punctuation point had better be right.
2.2decimal pointcoma femininepunto decimal masculine Latin America1.5 — 1.5 Latin America — read as: "uno punto cinco"
3.1(in space)punto masculinethe southernmost/highest point of the island — el punto más meridional/alto de la isla
- the points of the compass — los puntos cardinales
- meeting point — punto de encuentro
- customs point — aduana
- point of contact — punto de contacto
- point of departure — punto de partida
- (of bullet) point of entry — (of bullet) orificio de entrada
- I've reached the point where I just don't care — he llegado a un punto en que ya no me importa
- things have reached such a point that ... — las cosas han llegado a tal punto / a tal extremo que ...
- the point of no return
- we've reached the point of no return — ahora tenemos que seguir adelante
- However, enhanced controls at points of entry into the country continue to remain in place.
- Our children need and deserve an official and recognisable safe crossing point along this road.
- Acupuncture treatment is administered at specific points or sites on the body.
- It said that the investigators conducted 783 tests at screening points and other areas of airport security.
- Our facility has been designated as a drop off point for relief supplies.
- Everywhere we went we saw collection points for money and provisions.
- Information is gathered from a multitude of sources including surface observation points, ships, buoys and aircraft.
- These bridges are long because they cross rivers at the point where they empty into the sea.
- Cleeve Hill is the highest point on the Cotswold hills at about 300 m. above sea level.
- In the park's early days, pine trees were planted on the higher points of the park.
- Soldiers were positioned at strategic points in the city and at election rallies where huge crowds gathered.
- By sunset, she'd looped back to one of the highest points in the park, not far from where we'd started.
- Using your fingers to apply pressure to specific points on your body can ease symptoms.
- Most of the smuggling cases detected previously at border control points had involved lorries instead of coaches.
- The council is also proposing to close a gap in a nearby pedestrian guardrail to stop people crossing at a dangerous point.
- People can hand in their unused glasses and sunglasses at a number of collection points in the area.
- The site is located at a point between two major river systems, the Mersey and Dee, with open access to the Irish Sea.
- Pedestrians should also remember to use the official crossing points at busy junctions.
- Being one of the highest points in the area, it is considered to be a sacred grove.
- It was a mountainous country but also one with several points of easy entry for English armies and settlers.
3.2(on scale)punto masculinefreezing/boiling point — punto de congelación/ebullición
- the index rose three points — el índice subió tres enteros / puntos
- his nerves were at breaking point — estaba a punto de estallar
- the trains were at bursting point — los trenes iban repletos
- the children have reached saturation point — los niños ya están saturados
- you're right, up to a point — hasta cierto punto tienes razón
- she is reserved to the point of coldness — es tan reservada, que llega a ser fría
- his writing is untidy to the point of being illegible — tiene tan mala letra, que lo que escribe resulta ilegible
- we worked to the point of exhaustion — trabajamos hasta quedar agotados
- they tormented her to the point where her life became unbearable — la atormentaron hasta tal punto, que la vida se le hizo insoportable
- Today's figures represent a net decline of seven points for the President in the past three days.
- By contrast, the prices of new houses and apartments have risen by only a few percentage points so far this year.
- The quarter percentage point rise alone is unlikely to push your finances over the edge.
- That trend was kept up until a week ago when, during that period, the Brady bonds gained three to four percentage points.
- Rates are down some 2 percentage points compared to the end of last year.
- In the first four weeks, his blood pressure dropped 20 points and he lost five pounds.
- His vote has fallen by up to 10 percentage points over the last couple of weeks.
- Eight of the previous 10 rate cuts the Fed has made this year have been by half a percentage point.
- The Bank of England started to lift the rate in November last year and it has since gone up by 1.25 percentage points.
- Health insurers say the average rise in premiums dropped a couple of percentage points from a year ago.
- The party is also down four percentage points on the 1991 local elections.
- Last year one child did not achieve level four in English, dragging the mark down by four percentage points.
- Outperformance of the benchmark was a handsome 7.1 percentage points per year.
- However, the news isn't all good: gross margins slipped by 0.3 percentage points year on year.
- The figure represents an increase of 7.7 percentage points from last year.
- In August, the retail trade business climate indicator rose 2.2 points compared to July.
- The polls had a margin of error of four percentage points.
- However, the final poll on election day was wrong by about 1.5 to 2 percentage points.
- Feeling relieved that your premiums inched up only a few percentage points?
- His gains averaged just three percentage points.
4(in time)momento masculineat this point the doorbell rang — en ese momento / instante sonó el timbre
- at this point in the game — en este momento del juego
- at this point in time — (at present) en este momento
- at what point did you begin to suspect? — ¿en qué momento empezó a sospechar?
- at no point did they mention money — en ningún momento hablaron de dinero
- he was at the point of death — estaba agonizando
- from this point on — a partir de este momento
- to be on the point of sth/ -ing — estar a punto de + inf
- he was on the point of confessing — estaba a punto de confesar
- he was on the point of tears — estaba a punto de ponerse a llorar / estaba al borde de las lágrimas
- There are three points in this process at which learning can potentially play a role.
- At some point during that long night they took a decision - and headed north.
- Not until the midway point did the president acknowledge that he had an opponent in the coming election.
- There comes a point in the refurbishment process where the law of diminishing returns come into play.
- Up until this point, my main focus had been on getting to the event and getting there on time.
- The road was closed for three hours at one point and only reopened fully at midnight.
- Many people do not notice a problem with their vision until this point, or assume a poor vision is part of getting older.
- I think the lowest point was when the insurance company sent in forensics experts to check if the fire was arson.
- At one point in the night we went for over forty minutes without a single customer.
- Up until this point almost all swords were heavy and required more strength than skill to maneuver.
- He levelled the game at the midway point in the second half.
- He got winded at a couple of points in the fight.
- Doctors said she probably died at the point of going limp in the pool.
- This type of system is in common usage worldwide but up until this point had not been available in Ireland, the bank said.
- At what point does a good idea become compromised by the thought of how best to make money?
- From the point of conception onwards, parents are now viewed as a risk factor in their children's lives.
- At some point, the decision about whether or not to stay in acting has to be faced.
- Additional percussion is also provided by the chorus which claps specific patterns at certain points in the music.
- We haven't even reached the halfway point in the season yet and you're tipping us for disaster.
- Of particular note is the visual montage that comes at the halfway point of the film.
5(in contest, exam)punto masculineset/match point — bola de set/partido feminine
- (in boxing) to win on points — ganar por puntos
- to make points with sb — hacer méritos con algn
- before noun points victory / win — victoria por puntos
- He kicked two vital points from play when they were needed most.
- Leitrim led by six points at half-time.
- He also chipped in with two splendid points at vital stages of the game.
- City lie in tenth place in Division Three, just three points of the play-off positions and just five points off third place.
- The winner is the one who is left with the most points from the remaining three judges.
- To score 17 points in a game, and still lose, is a very bitter pill to swallow.
- Argentina took an early lead but trailed by a point at the break.
- The loss of two points even at this stage in the season could well be vital.
- Given greater composure, they could have scored more tries and thus gained a bonus point.
- His side were in complete control and at one stage led by seventeen points.
- If they can garner 19 points in the process they will also seal the championship.
- Indeed they fell further behind and trailed by 11 points with just five minutes remaining.
- Four minutes later he stroked his second point majestically with the outside of his right boot.
- He was captain of the basketball team and set a school record by scoring 22 points in a game.
- Did you set out to get as many points as possible during qualifying?
- It was just so disappointing to lose the playoff by a single point.
- This was close fight and would have been even tighter without the points deducted.
- They established a lead at the top of the table which at one stage reached thirteen points.
- They played extremely well and were unlucky to be beaten by a single point.
- Belgium are currently on top on 14 points with Croatia and Scotland next in line on 11 points each.
6.1(item, matter)punto masculinewe discussed various points — tratamos diversos puntos / diversas cuestiones
- agreement was reached on the following points — se llegó a un acuerdo en los siguientes puntos
- the main points of the news — un resumen de las noticias más importantes del día
- point of honor — cuestión de honor / pundonor
- point of order — cuestión de orden / de procedimiento
- to bring up / raise a point — plantear una cuestión
- as a point of principle — por principio
- a point of law — una cuestión de derecho
- in point of fact — en realidad
- not to put too fine a point on it — hablando en plata / en buen romance
- to make a point of sth/ -ing
- she always made a point of talking to everyone — siempre se preocupaba por / se proponía conversar con todo el mundo
- I'll make a point of watching them closely — me encargaré de vigilarlos de cerca
- to stretch a point — hacer una excepción
- He gives a summary of some of the main points which were discussed.
- Bulleted lists of key points at the end of each chapter provide an excellent review for students.
- Anyway, the point is that this method cannot be universally relied upon.
- The whole point in this particular case was that she was not simply doing the duties of a merchandiser.
- Similarly, it is better to paraphrase points made above, rather than repeat them word for word.
- And what would be the main points of similarity between these two great cities?
- The point is that he had the opportunity to change the rules and he left it too late.
- The architect later wrote to say that yes, the cement would probably outlast all of them, but that was not quite the point.
- On the subject of Betty's harrowing death, again he seems to miss the point.
- He has written to me courteously and in great detail, explaining technical points about the way his site works.
- Grant says the point is that no one knows what it's like to be Lauren or what's going on inside her head.
- He has been having a quiet tournament, but the point is that he has not been trying to take centre stage.
- However, it is important to make some specific points clear.
- Some may not care, but many people I know are signing up without reading or understanding the implications of the above three points.
- The main points of interest on the three deck levels are the railings, lifeboat davits and companionways.
- The whole point of a conservation area is to conserve, not to dig it up whenever it is convenient.
- Curiously, there is no attempt to integrate these points into the main body of the text.
- Whatever its deficiencies, the point was that it was inclusive, not divisive.
- The whole point of the new system was to maximize the lord's profits, and to do so in as rational a way as possible.
- The Court grants special leave to appeal on the two points which I just indicated.
- Vary your tone of voice to punctuate important points, and keep it moving to capture interest.
- One of the key points is increasing resident participation.
- So regardless of who gets put in charge, the point is that someone needs to be in charge.
- Surely the point is that rules and guidelines like this are to be applauded whatever the source.
- The whole point of her character was that she was a tough survivor.
- The guidelines aren't specific enough on some points.
- You should keep the following points particularly in mind, and may wish at this point to look again at the Claim Questionnaire.
- It has already warned that the housing market is beginning to cool so the impact of the new rules is likely to be the main point of interest.
- To understand the point of the arts, you really have to imagine a society where everything to do with the arts is taken away.
- We will just retire for a moment to consider these points.
- The time in New York is five hours behind the time in London, and so on, but that's not the point.
- Again, ideas on this matter vary between cultures, but a few general points seem clear.
- More broadly, the point is that political philosophy is only one part of politics.
- This study came under sharp criticism on many points, including its lack of rigorous controls.
- I think the point is that you need to be not only strategic but tactical as well.
- None of them was concerned with the specific point which arises in this case.
- To argue that the world of 1919 was worse than that of 1914 is to miss the point.
- The whole point of the Oslo process was to settle differences in a peaceful manner.
- Supposedly, the point is that the public can see the people behind the public persona.
- He was reluctant to be drawn into any detailed discussion of this point.
6.2(argument)Mike's point was a good one — Mike tenía razón en lo que dijo
- it was a point which had never occurred to me — era algo que nunca se me había ocurrido
- to make a point
- what point are you trying to make? — ¿qué estás tratando de decir?
- that was a very interesting point you made — lo que señalaste / planteaste / dijiste es muy interesante
- I'd like to make one more point, if I may — quisiera hacer otra observación / señalar otra cosa, si me permiten
- she made the point that ... — observó que ...
- all right, you've made your point! — (conceding) sí, bueno, tienes razón
- I see your point about it being boring! — ya veo lo que querías decir con lo de que era aburrido
- I take your point that ... — acepto que ...
- point taken — de acuerdo
- I think he has a point — yo creo que tiene razón / que no está tan errado
- you have a point there — tienes razón (en lo que dices)
- to prove a point
- that proves my point that we need more staff — eso me da la razón en que necesitamos más personal
- she's doing it simply to prove a point — no lo hace más que para demostrar que tiene razón
7.1(central issue, meaning)to come/get to the point — ir al grano
- to keep / stick to the point — no irse por las ramas
- now, to get back to the point, ... — bueno, volviendo al tema, ...
- she was brief and to the point — fue breve y concisa
- I don't need a car and, more to the point ... — no necesito coche, y lo que es más ...
- that's beside the point — eso no tiene nada que ver / no viene al caso
- the point is that it should have been ready yesterday — el hecho es que debería haber estado listo ayer
- that's not the point — no se trata de eso
- that's just the point! — ¡precisamente!
- Mr Mercer seems to have entirely missed the point — el señor Mercer parece no haber entendido en absoluto de qué se trata
7.2(cogency)fuerza (de convicción) feminineto give point to sth — darle fuerza a algo
- There are, however, counter-arguments to many of the above points.
- Several made the point that with inflation remaining low, it was not enough to sit on your investments.
- Some of Jonathan's points cross over with some of my research interests.
- We will use some examples of this sort of work to illustrate our points.
- The district auditor has made the point that he is independent of the council.
- Although some points have since been challenged and corrected, the basis of his studies remains unchanged.
- Surely, there is a limit to the amount of times you can repeat yourself, just to prove a point?
- He also made the point that farmers are not aware of the Social Welfare entitlements they might have.
- If we sold it for more than we paid into it, we could prove our point.
- He made the point that intelligent bowlers did not chuck every ball.
- Indeed, the police made the point that the victim could have been ‘any one of us on a night out’.
- Two particular points in your article do not stand up to any scrutiny.
- At the time, I had no idea what his point was, and I didn't particularly care.
- He made some very valid points in his argument.
- He forcefully articulated his points, which were punctuated with statistics and figures.
- They put their ideas and points across very eloquently.
- He/she who needs to resort to violence to prove a point, has a poor argument.
- Mr Davie made the point that the low paid and many elderly people are particularly hard hit by double figure rises in council tax.
8(purpose)what's the point of going on? — ¿para qué vamos a seguir?
- I'm not voting: what's the point? — yo no voto ¡para qué! / ¿qué sentido tiene?
- the whole point of my trip was to see you — el único propósito de mi viaje era verte a ti
- there's no point/ there isn't any point (in) feeling sorry for yourself — no sirve de nada compadecerse
- I can't see much point in a resumption of talks — no veo de qué va a servir que se reanuden las conversaciones
- there is some point to it — tiene su sentido / su razón de ser
9.1(feature, quality)patience/music isn't one of my strong points — la paciencia/música no es mi fuerte
- she doesn't see his bad points — no le ve los defectos
- the good and bad points of the system — los pros y los contras del sistema
- these are the points to look for — estos son los detalles en los que hay que fijarse
9.2(of animal)característica feminine
- The mask, legs and tail should all show clear tabby markings which should be the same colour on all points.
- The dorsal stripe is the color of the horse's points.
10British(socket)(electrical / power) point — tomacorriente masculine Latin America
(promontory)punta femininecabo masculine
- We'll go back around the point and into that last small bight we passed on our way here.
- I elect to stay outside and swim round the point, making a circuit back to the boat through an archway in the cliff.
- I'm just taking the canoe around the point for a little paddle.
- I walked alone south along the beach toward Cape Point.
- We walked up the curving beach below Malibu Creek and paddled out at the top of the point.
- The distributor should be completely dismantled and the points examined.
- If the points need to be replaced you must remove the flywheel.
- I cleaned the points and the bike is now rideable.
- A preliminary investigation into the accident has blamed loose points near the station as the likely cause of the derailment.
- The first train to pass over the points was the 7am service to Glasgow.
- The line could be extended to Skipton, and beyond, by the simple addition of a set of points at Embsay Junction.
- The crash was caused by a faulty set of points.
- The points changed direction just after the first three carriages passed over them.
- Because of the vibration of the trains passing over points, bolts may loosen slightly over time.
12.3(ballet)on points — en punta(s) de pie
1(aim, direct)can you point us in the right direction? — ¿nos puede señalar el camino?
- the arrow pointed the way to the exit — la flecha indicaba / señalaba el camino a la salida
- his example points the way for the whole nation — su ejemplo señala / apunta el camino que debe seguir la nación entera
- point the aerosol away from you — apunta para otro lado con el aerosol
- to point sth at sb/sth
- he pointed his finger at me — me señaló con el dedo
- she pointed the gun at him — le apuntó con la pistola
- don't point the hose at the flowers — no apuntes directamente a las flores con la manguera
4(give emphasis)(word/line) recalcar(line/word) poner énfasis en
1(with finger, stick etc)señalarit's rude to point — es de mala educación señalar con el dedo
- the gun was pointing in my direction — la pistola apuntaba hacia mí
- with her toes pointing outward — con las puntas de los pies hacia afuera
- to point at / to sth/sb — señalar algo/a algn
- to point toward sth — señalar en dirección a algo
- he pointed to / at the clock on the wall — señaló el reloj que había en la pared
- the big hand is pointing to six — el minutero señala el número seis
2to point to(call attention)señalarthe report points to deficiencies in health care — el informe señala deficiencias en la asistencia sanitaria
- the company can point to excellent sales figures — la empresa puede señalar sus excelentes cifras de ventas
3to point to(indicate, suggest)(symptoms/facts) indicarit all points to suicide — todo indica / hace pensar que se trata de un suicidio
- the trends point to an early economic recovery — los indicios apuntan a una pronta reactivación de la economía
- his silence points to complicity — su silencio es señal de complicidad
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